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Y Loft (Youth Square)
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 5 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“East Side hostel location”
Reviewed May 20, 2011

Part I: Neighborhood
A series of pedestrian bridges connect Youth Square to three shopping plazas: Hing Wah Estate Commercial Complex, Wan Tsui Shopping Centre, and New Jade Shopping Arcade. Various businesses there, such as restaurants and clothing retailers and cosmetics and cell phones. There are no "dai pai dong" or food stalls common to other HKG areas though. The MTR Chai Wan station (which is the end of the Island line) is reached via New Jade. There are bus stops on Wan Tsui Road going in both directions; for instance, #82 goes to "Siu Sai Wan" (Island Resort) and #8X goes towards Fortress Hill.

Part II: Hostel Building
Youth Square is like the YMCA in many ways, in that the entire building is dedicated to youth service organizations such as the Boy Scouts and helping them fulfill their mission.
• Floors LG1 and LG1 is Y-Theatre.
• Floor G provides access to Wan Tsui Lane at street level. There are benches located around the Plaza.
• Floor 1 leads to the pedestrian bridges and MTR station.
• Floor 2 is the Y-Studio.
• Floors 2M and 3 have Y-Mart which has organization offices and sometimes they sell stuff with their logos.
• Floor 4 is Iconic Square, two restaurants serving contemporary Chinese food.
• Floors 5 and 6 has Multi-purpose areas for meetings and exhibition space I think.
• Floor 7 has the Civic Education and Youth Resource Centres.
• Floors 8 and 9 has more Multi-purpose space and offices.
• Floor 12 is the Reception desk for Y-Loft, and the Iconic Bar that offers light snacks and breakfast items.
• Floors 13 and 14 have hostel rooms. 14 also has the Skytrack for runners but it was closed for renovations as of writing.
Youth Square staff can be seen often around the property, wearing blue uniforms. There are multiple points of entry to the building, but it can be confusing figuring out the various lifts and escalators.

Part III: Our Room
There are only 5 power outlets in 1309, which wasn't enough for us to plug in our cell phones. We asked for and got a power strip. There were ants (always 1 or 2) coming from somewhere in our room, and at least one cockroach was seen.
There were 3 ceiling lights in the bathroom and three in the bedroom by the door. I thought this wasn't enough illumination but we did have bedside lights, a table lamp and floor lamp. Several fluorescent lights in the patio area, which for some reason has a sunken area about 15 s.f. too small for a pool. Floor of the bathroom is the same tile as in the shower; the same for the bathroom walls and shower walls (and the last one has moldy grout). In fact, once at midnight the toilet stopped flushing; luckily it went back to normal at daylight.
12 channels on a flat screen T.V. with remote, which is mostly Chinese programming but no CNN. Also 2 room safes and mini-refrigerator. There are microwaves on the 12th floor but not in rooms. No toothbrush or toothpaste or shower cap or comb provided, and instead of little bottles of bath gel there's only a dispenser in the shower. I recommend bringing your own shampoo and shaving cream as well. Not enough hooks and towel bars for our triple room. The sink is a large square basin measuring 15"D and 23"W that I could use to wash my socks and underwear if I wanted to.
Finally, the WiFi router has an iffy connection… sometimes it is very slow and other times the signal is lost entirely. I measured it as 1.38 Mbps download, 0.99 upload, and .67 ms Ping.

I would not recommend Y-Loft for longer stay (anything more than a week) travelers, those who want to be close to the business districts/nightlife, or those who like more creature comforts. I would recommend for budget travelers and those who don't spend a lot of time in their rooms.

  • Stayed May 2011
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staford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2011

I arrived back from Hong Kong approx 12 hours ago. I went for business, therefore the company booked the flights and accomadation() I am currently working as the uks number one Kate Middleton lookalike, travelling on my own was not something i was looking forward to as it was the first time but with the royal wedding and all.....) Upon recieving accomadation datails and being told it was a hostel;, before travelling i complained of accomadation...I am a 22 year old girl travelling alone... i did not expect to be put up in a hostel. How wrong i could be. The hotel IS NOT A HOSTEL. REGARDLESS OF WHAT TRIP ADVISOR STATES.. If you are travelling to Hong Kong this is the perfect place tp stay...20 mins on tube to Central.......Starf are only to happy to help!!!!!!! Also check out the organic life cafe , amazing food and roof top terrace!!

Room Tip: Not a Hostel!!!! Safe for women alone
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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5 Thank kate077108
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2011

I had to stay in this hotel because all the other reasonable hotels were fully booked that week.

It cost me 80 euros per night for a hotel which is more a kind of weird hostel very far away from city center (Chai Wan is the last station of the island line). You need around 30-40 minutes to reach Central.

There are a lot of problem regarding this hotel:
- They don't provide any breakfast
- Impossible to find from the exit of the subway: this is exit A (Youth Square)
- Belong to a weird big concrete building not welcoming at all! you feel like in a kind of university or industrial company
- And in a neighborhood where is nothing to do and extremely far away from Central

For 100 USD, going to this hotel is just a mistake and I don't understand why such a place can exist in HK! no comparison with the other hotels

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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3 Thank TripRater75
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2011

If you don't mind being a 20 minute MTR ride from central, stay here. It's modern, stylish and clean. My room was spacious (rare in HK!) stylishly decorated with en suite bathroom, tv, fridge, kettle and free wifi. The staff are very friendly and super-welcoming. I arrived late at night and a security guard took me to the entrance and showed me how to get to reception which is up on the 12th floor. There's a gym, cooking facilities and cafe & restaurant too.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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2 Thank Jonathan B
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2011

We stayed in the family room (2 adults and 3 teenagers) and the room is absolutely huge. no joke, it was like a penthouse. There were 6 beds, 2 showers, toilet, walk-in wardrobe and a plasma tv in the corner. The windows were seriously from the ground up to the ceiling (and they even had a remote control for opening the curtains!) The room was clean, spacious and very new and there's a free mini fitness centre and free wi-fi

However the location is quite inconvenient because it is situated at the end of the island (blue) mtr line and it can be an uncomfortable long (and often very crowded) train ride back to the hostel from kowloon side.

But if you want a reasonably priced (not sure how much it was cos parents booked it) room and don't mind the long travel times to get to places, i definitely recommend booking it.

Tip - if you're travelling by taxi to Y-loft, you have to get off near a 7/11 store and walk up to this orange corridor where the elevator is. Its kinda hard to see but theres these helpful Y-loft workers (in blue blazers) who can help you out. There 2 of them on site 24/7.

(look at the photos i've attached to see the family sized room!)

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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4 Thank vanlam
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New Zealand
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72 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2011

+ service, rooms big airy space, not far from metro station, food places close
- bit far but metro is easy you're just on there for a while. Initially very tricky to find but once found never lost :)

  • Stayed July 2010
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Thank kiwienvy
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singapore
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

I had never been stay at such lousy hotel , housekeeping services is too bad, did not provide any toothbrush ,snacks drinks and even I am asking for disposable fork spoon ,they just simply answered us 'DONT HAVE'...the location is out of city,have to take cab or by train for an hour. And service staff receptionist always show bad attitude to us ,not friendly , unproffessional, can be said Y-loft is not a hotel,more likely a 'HOSTEL' , BUT the room rate is very unreasonable, is more more expensive than 3star Hotel

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Thank oMg004
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Property: Y Loft (Youth Square)
Address: 12/F, Youth Square, No.238 Chai Wan Road | Chai Wan, Hong Kong 000000, China
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Location: China > Hong Kong
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 158 Specialty Lodging in Hong Kong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Y Loft (Youth Square) 3*
Number of rooms: 148
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Y Loft houses 148 rooms located in the Main Block and Hostel Block of Youth Square. Room selection includes Twin Rooms, as well as Twin Rooms With Balcony, Triple Rooms, House of Six, Duplex and Accessible Rooms. Equipped with full-service facilities like The Oasis, SkyTrack, common area, fitness centre and laundry marts, etc., Y Loft provides a perfect accommodation for budget travelers all over the world. It also offers concession rate to youth organization or youth activities held by non-profit organization or International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) members. Y Loft has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence for three consecutive years in 2012 – 2014 and 2016 by TripAdvisor in recognition of its well-appointed facilities and the attentive service provided by staff. Y Loft further received a Bravo Badge and Certificate of Recognition from TripAdvisor and an online travel agent respectively, for delivering good levels of guest service and experience this year. ... more   less 
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